Updated Apr 3, 2024 - Music

3 things to know before you go to Dreamville Festival

Dreamville Festival

2023 Dreamville Festival. Photo: Courtesy of Dreamville Festival

Raleigh is the hottest city in North Carolina this weekend. Returning to Dorothea Dix Park is the two-day Dreamville Festival, which will showcase several big-name acts including SZA, 50 Cent, Nicki, J Cole and Charlotte native Lute.

Why it matters: Dreamville, which runs April 6-7, has become one of the biggest attractions in North Carolina in recent years. 

Here are 3 things to know before you go:


There are two main entrances (east and west) on opposite sides of Dorothea Dix Park. The park is between downtown (east entrance) and NC State’s Campus, which is closest to the west entrance. 

  • There are plenty of paid parking lots near the university close to the park and four locations downtown close to the downtown shuttle stop. Parking can cost up to $50 per day.
  • There is a downtown shuttle at Moore Square that'll drop you off next to the west entrance. It’ll run nonstop from 10am-1am. It costs $40 to ride the shuttle.
  • The Lyft/Uber pick up and drop off will get you the closest to the park without having to walk a long way.


Gates open at noon. Performances typically start at 1pm both days.

There are security checkpoints to search belongings on both sides of the main entrances. This could take a while, depending on what time you arrive. 

  •  Performances will alternate between two stages, called Rise and Shine, throughout the day.

What to bring

You're allowed to have a personal bag and an empty water bottle.

  • All bags larger than a small clutch or fanny pack must be clear. A small clutch or fanny pack that’s not clear can only have one zipper.  
  • There are limited phone charging lockers (cords not provided) on the festival grounds. Prices range from $58-$64 for the weekend.
  • Hydration packs can have more than two pockets. They must be empty but don't have to be clear. 

What's next: If you don’t want to suffer from FOMO, you can purchase a verified resale ticket on the Dreamville website. You can also watch the livestream on Amazon Music.

Editor's note: We've updated this guide with the latest details about the 2024 festival.


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